Now that she’s Raw Women’s Champion, Sasha Banks is back on top of the world. And now that she’s back on top of the world, there’s no shortage of women (and men) looking to knock her off. The first Superstar to step to The Boss, however, was not Charlotte but Rusev and Lana, who pre-empted Charlotte’s response to Sasha’s challenge that the Women’s Title rematch not just be at Hell in a Cell but in Hell in a Cell.
Charlotte, of course, was having none of that, snatching the mic from The Bulgarian Brute to accept Sasha’s challenge and berate The Super Athlete for dismissing the Women’s Revolution. Tensions quickly rose after that as both Lana and Rusev insisted they were the only ones worthy to main-event Raw and step inside Hell in a Cell. Sasha & Charlotte quickly united to send both Superstars tumbling from the ring, and Rusev seemed ready to retaliate until Roman Reigns made his entrance (and not a moment too soon), evening the odds and helping to drive the dastardly duo away.
The Boss and The Big Dog. Has a nice ring to it, don’t ya think? In any case, Sasha Banks & Roman Reigns make a hell of a team, whereas Charlotte & Rusev turned out to be a less-than-ideal duo in Raw’s marquee Mixed Tag Team Match — thanks in no small part to growing tension between Charlotte and Rusev. Lana had warned Charlotte before the match to pull her weight as Rusev’s partner, and as a result of the inherent discord in the ranks, the two Superstars could never quite get on the same page.
That ended up being the undoing of the team when Charlotte tagged in without the knowledge of a loopy Rusev and Banks took control quickly, eventually locking “The Queen” into the Bank Statement. When The Bulgarian Brute attempted to break up the hold, Reigns pounced, Spearing his No. 1 contender into the Mesozoic Era while Charlotte tapped to end the match.
Last week, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson made it clear they were out to rain on the parade of a Tag Team division that’s become predicated on fun and games over hard-hitting competition. Well, consider the gauntlet thrown down in a major way: Following their decimation of The Golden Truth, the good brothers jumped the barricade and obliterated Enzo Amore & Big Cass before their match against Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel. Enzo got about two words into his introduction when Gallows & Anderson jumped them from behind, blasting Enzo with the Boot of Doom and, finally, planting a punch-drunk Cass with the Magic Killer.
The world waited with bated breath last week to see if Goldberg would commit to a return to WWE during his SportsCenter appearance, but, some mild, noncommittal fighting words for Brock Lesnar aside, the former World Heavyweight Champion didn’t tip his hand one way or the other. Paul Heyman, advocate for WWE 2K17 cover Superstar Lesnar, wasted no time in divulging his own feelings about Goldberg: Mainly, irritation, since Goldberg remains the lone blemish on the career of Brock Lesnar. As a result, The One Behind the One in 23-1 sent Goldberg an anytime, anywhere invitation for “a fight” with The Beast Incarnate. What’s next?
Last night, SmackDown LIVE’s pay-per-view No Mercy put on a show-stealing Triple Threat Match for the WWE World Championship. Raw, it appears, will not be able to mount one of its own at WWE Hell in a Cell, since Chris Jericho failed to defeat Seth Rollins and win his way into a WWE Universal Championship that will now be contested inside the Cell itself. That’s got to sting for Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon’s competitive instincts, but it’s also got to sting for Jericho, who would have been a very real threat to his “best friend” Kevin Owens’ title had he been able to win the match.
One Superstar who isn’t upset? Seth Rollins, who gets to keep KO one-on-one and receives a momentum boost in the process. The victory was made even sweeter by the fact that The Architect had to battle back from the beating Jericho put on his recently injured ribs. Even a behind-the-ref superkick from a ringside Owens wasn’t enough to keep “The Man” down, as Rollins took out KO with a suicide dive and felled Jericho with an inside-cradle reversal of the Walls of Jericho. Owens didn’t wait to put a beating on Rollins after the match, but Jericho was quick to both save KO from a Pedigree and, ultimately, take one of his own while Owens, again, did nothing to stop it.
In other action... Raw Tag Team Champion Kofi Kingston def. Cesaro... Sin Cara & Lince Dorado def. Tony Nese & Drew Gulak... Sami Zayn & Neville def. Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel... R-Truth def. Titus O'Neil... Braun Strowman def. The Splash Brothers... and WWE Cruiserweight Champion TJ Perkins def. Ariya Daivari.